Several times last year the federal government loomed toward shutdown during budget stalemates. With the District of Columbia dependant on a successful appropriations process to receive funds for everyday operations, such as public schools and public transportation, the city would have been seriously disrupted had Congress been unable to reach a spending agreement.
A shutdown of the Metro system, for instance, would have affected more than 100,000 Virginians who commute into the District each day for work, McDonnell said.
“The District of Columbia is one of three partnering jurisdictions in the National Capitol region,” he continued. “When the city is unable to plan its future investments in infrastructure, it has an impact on the economic development dynamic for the entire region.”
President Barack Obama, in his fiscal 2013 budget request, also expressed his willingness to help Congress pass legislation to give D.C. budget autonomy.